Milani’s 30 Shades in 30 Days Contest!

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Milani Cosmetics has been doing some epic things this year, girls. I hope you’ve been checkin’ them out and if you haven’t, you need to. In addition to their FABULOUS new nail polishes, they have also given us their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow that I can’t WAIT to review for you. Because they’re just so cool like that,Milani is giving their fans a chance to win something for 30 days straight. An entire month of goodies for all who press their luck!

But like many things in life, it won’t be easy. Milani is asking that you answer a question. That’s it. Answer one question, put in your info and BOOM – 300 Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows will be up for grabs for the next 30 days. And you’ll want to score one of these because they are just beautiiiiiiful!

Click here to head on over and good luck!

China Glaze The Giver Collection

China Glaze The Giver Collection
I love when brands give us nail polishes inspired by movies. The recently launched movie The Giver has been making waves in the movie world. I remember reading this book when I was in elementary or middle school but honestly…I can’t remember too much about it. When time permits, I’m going to check it out again. I always prefer to the read the book before seeing the movie. But in the meantime, I’ve been playing around with these polishes that I got as samples. While this collection didn’t instantly blow me away, it does have some special shades that I think nail polish lovers will appreciate.

China Glaze Community

Community is a milk chocolate brown and I have officially decided that I like brown nail polishes against my brown skin. There is just something so interesting and striking about brown polishes and I love seeing them in newer nail polish collections.

China Glaze Five Rules

Brace yourself because Five Rules is just one of many similar shades that we are going to see in this collection. This creamy dirty eggshell shade is pretty in its own right.

China Glaze Seeing Red

Seeing Red is a stunning fire engine red that I wasn’t prepared to fall in love with, but…I did. Then again, like many reds, once you own 5 different reds, you really own them all. This is pretty but it isn’t insanely unique.

China Glaze Intelligence Intergity & Courage

Intelligence Intergity & Courage is the longest nail polish name everrrr! Haha, I’m kidding. Not really, though. I do really like this dusty and muted light blue. It has a bit of gray in it and I think it’ll look beautiful on just about anyone.

China Glaze The Outer Edge

The Outer Edge is a white snowy topcoat. I applied 2 coats of it on my top 2 fingers and 1 coat of it on my bottom two fingers. I really love this and I’m thinking I can do some really fun things with it during the holiday season.

China Glaze Givers Theme

Givers Theme is a vibrant purple creme that is by far my favorite shade in the collection. It is stunning and applies beautifully. It also shines very well without a topcoat.

China Glaze New Birth

New Birth is a white creme that has a touch of gray in it. And that’s all.

China Glaze History of the World

History of the World is a beautiful gray/blue. I don’t know. I’m having a tough time describing this one. Maybe that’s a good thing.

China Glaze Release

Release is a very pretty dusty lavender. I’m sure we’ve seen this before, but I don’t know…I like it.

China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond

Capacity to see Beyond photographs so so OFF so please forgive me. There wasn’t enough color correcting in the world for that baby. In true life it is bright blue sea blue. It definitely has more green that my camera was not able to pick up.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

Boundary of Memory is a glitter chockfull of silver, gold and black.

China Glaze Friends Forever Right

Friends Forever, Right? is another white creme but unlike the other similar cremes in this collection, this one has a touch of baby pink in it.

 

Overall Impressions

Well, I don’t know. I wouldn’t call it a disappointing collection but it did leave me a bit…“Where is the cream filling?”-ish. I do love the purples (Release and Givers Theme) and I think Seeing Red and The Outer Edge are fun the overabundance of creamy whites just threw me off a bit. Maybe after seeing the movie, I’ll be more forgiving? We shall seeee…

What do you think? See any shades that you like?

Nuance Salma Hayek goody bag giveaway – FIVE winners!!

NUANCE Salma Hayek giveaway

The lovely people over at NUANCE Salma Hayek have been so gracious to sponsor a giveaway to give FIVE lucky Clumps of Mascara readers a chance to score a huuuuuge goody bag of beauty and skincare treats. This bag is big, y’all. The winners will grab some of my favorites like the brand’s nail polish, body scrubs, mascara, eye shadow palettes, lipsticks and more. I’ve reviewed a slew of their products.

Some of my best hits…

This giveaway is for US residents only (so sorry, International family…I’ve got something special coming up for you guys soon) and will only last for a week so get those entries in. To increase your chances of winning, share this giveaway with friends and have them enter. That way, you guys can SHARE the goodies in the bag. Trust me, there is more than enough to go around.

Also, check out my video featuring FIVE reasons for why I looooove Nuance!

Good luuuuck! If you are having troubles entering, email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

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Life is crazy

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Sometimes life forces us to pump the brakes. Instead of fighting it and screaming “Whyyyyyy???”, I yield. I pray. I pause. I think. I breathe. I slow down. Activity on Clumps will crawl for a bit as I grasp on to real life thangs. You understand, right?

Because seriously…life is crazy.

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Ideal Image Makes Hair Removal…ideal!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ideal Image for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

So girls…let’s talk about something I’ve mentioned a thousand times here on Clumps of Mascara. Hair removal! I’ve done the waxing, threading and tweezing but if you’ve found those methods to be time consuming and pointless (considering the hair grows back in like…days), laser hair removal may be for you. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal is located around the country and they have a few spots here in the Greater Orlando area. I am forever hearing the commercials on the radio and I’m like “Ugh. I wish I could go!” Their treatments and services sound some kind of amazing and they always have a special going on. Even during the summer! And speaking of summer, I’m a bit bummed out that it’s on its way out of the door. The kids are back to school and while the weather isn’t getting any cooler, I am often caught daydreaming about hangin’ out on one of South Florida’s beaches. Just me and about 3-4 girlfriends wake up to a rented condo on the beach and after sleeping a full 7-8 hours, we wake up to cook breakfast and toss on our swimsuits and head to the beach.

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We’ve got our books in tow, our reusable bottles of water, sunscreen and we are all set to lounge on the beach for hours at a time. Sounds glorious, right? Especially if you’ve already gone to Ideal Image to handle that hair “situation”. You wouldn’t have to worry about any last minute shaving on your trip and trust me when I say, every second counts.

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Laser hair removal just makes sense. Especially if you’re looking for a more convenient option that will give you confidence. Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal  is a more permanent to getting rid of unwanted hair forever. For a limited time, Ideal Image is offering up to 70% off Laser Hair Removal services. Um, WOW! What an amazing deal. I’m a girl who doesn’t make much fuss over if she has a bit of stubble but I would looooove to rock a bod that is virtually free of hair under my arms and on that upper lip. Just sayin’.

My Mom and so many of my friends have done nothing but brag about the awesomeness that is laser hair removal so if it’s something you’ve thought about, scoot on over to Ideal Image, request more information, learn more about the treatments, and schedule your first visit! And you better tell me alllll about it.

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Makeup Wars: Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette review + tutorial

This is a very special Makeup Wars because a few of us gals were so graciously sent the Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette to review. I haven’t been keeping up with the awesome things that Ana has goin’ on and uh…talk about a mistake. This palette has reignited the admiration that I have for the brand.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette

Designed by blogger and makeup artist Maya Janeska. This East African beauty is not only stunning but puts out amaziiiiing tutorials and has a jumpin’ Instagram channel. She collaborated with Anastasia Beverly Hills to put together a fantastic palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette

It really is unlike any eyeshadow palette that I’ve seen before because within the 10 shadows, you’ve got two pops of color – including that very bright Aqua!

What a nice little surprise, right? I’ve found that the Aqua works very nicely on the lid and even used as a liner on the waterline. Included with the palette are 5 Get The Look cards . Maya has given us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve various looks. Of course I fell in love with the look that used that stunning Aqua. I’m lovin’ how the cards tell you at the top which shadows you’ll be using.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Get the Look cards

Swatch-wise, I would have loved for these to be more intense.

Anastasia Maya Mia palette swatches

They pop well on my skin but if we could have taken the intensity level up a bit more, I would have been a happy girl. And then there’s a nice dual-sided brush!


Anastasia Maya Mia palette brushes
But despite that, this palette inspired me to do a tutorial which, ohmigosh y’all…I haven’t done in years! It is such a challenge to do a tutorial under 5 minutes. My girl Phyrra has perfected this so until I grill how she does her tutorials, you lovely people will have to deal with my choppy tutorials. And bad brows. Because yeah. My brows look baaaad in that video. Oh well. :cool:

You can get this palette from ULTA.com for an easy $29.


 

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How To Improve Home Ambiance With Curtains

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This post is brought to you by Julie Brooks and I’m all kinds of excited about it because I LOVE curtains. Curtains are an essential element in a room. In creating an impressive interior décor for the room, they will be critical in creating the overall tone. Remember, though it is easy to undermine the value that shutters and curtains have in the room, the two are important soft furnishings. Curtains, whether plain canvas, lined eyelet, or pencil pleat can drastically complement existing interior design and improve home ambiance. They will thus tone a room and tie everything together to give coherence, beauty and elegance to a room.

The Colors to Choose

The color of the curtain that you pick is vital and it should match the colour of the walls to make a room more spacious and improve interior design. A quiet place will be brought to life by warm colors such as shades of pinks, reds or yellows. Shades of grey, blue and white will, on the other hand, give a soft appeal to a room. For a smooth, earthy tone, green or brown curtains are best. All in all, the shades that you pick should be pleasing to you and complement or ease in well with other colors that may be present in the room.

The Ideal Length

Curtains can either be long or short. The short curtains are best if one wishes to create a casual feeling in the room. They are especially ideal for kitchens. Conversely, curtains that drape to the floor create a more formal tone. They also visually give the impression of a longer window by adding the perceived height of the window.

Curtains

Adjusting the Lighting

Laces and sheers can give your room an amazing lighting effect that filters and softens the light getting into the room. However, if you wish to, for various reasons, block out the light completely, lined and insulated curtains or fabric shades are the way to go. These often come with extra privacy.

Rods to Use

Curtain rods are varied in shape, nature, style and material. Finials are great silhouette creators. For ruffled and tailed curtains, continental or mesa rods are best. Wooden and wrought-iron rods go well with tab curtains.

You can now easily change the ambiance of your room to suit your preferences using curtains.

Sonia Kashuk Does It Again!

My girl Sonia K is at it again. I have a very special place in my heart for this brand. When I first got into makeup and couldn’t afford those ridiculously overpriced brushes at department stores, Sonia took me in her arms and led me to her bargain brushes. I tried to brush her off (haha, see what I did there?) because I was under the impression that cheaper brushes performed…cheaply. But hey – I was dumb. A few purchases later and it’s no doubt that Sonia Kashuk continues to dominate the the makeup brush game.

If you’ve strolled Target lately, you may have come across some of her gorgeous new brush sets – including the Brush Couture Five-Piece Brush Set.

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The print is art -inspired and they are almost too pretty to function. They do, though! I’m thinking these are ideal for the my professional-minded makeup lovers of the world as newbies may be a bit stumped on how each of these brushes works.

Of course, I’m thinking I need to scoop this up mainly for that duo-fiber brush. I hoard these brushes like mad because they have so many uses! Perfect for bronze and blush application, I have also been known to use a duo-fiber brush for sweeping on powders and tinted moisturizers.

This set also gives you a pointed blending brush, large shader brush, crease brush and smudge brush. And all for $16.99.

Yes, girl. Head to your local Target store or Target.com to get more information (and to BUY) this set as well as other fashion/art-inspired brushes.

 

Any Sonia K lovers in the house?